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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) – Congress Tim Ryan is calling on President Donald Trump to declare the opioid addiction crisis a Public Health Emergency.
The declaration would come through Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Ryan said a declaration would free up federal funds to communities struggling to cope with the ongoing addiction epidemic.
Ryan is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction Treatment and Recover Caucus and member of the Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, and ending the opioid and prescription drug epidemic remains one of his top priorities.
“We lose 144 people every day to drug overdoses in the United States. Drug overdose deaths are now the number one cause of accidental death in our nation. In 2015, we lost over 52,000 Americans to this terrible epidemic. We can no longer turn a blind eye to the catastrophic nature of this ongoing crisis. That is why I call on [President Trump] to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid epidemic a Public Health Emergency,” wrote Congressman Ryan.